Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Short Story Presentation

Below is an example of a short story presentation assignment that may provide ideas.

You will engage the class in a discussion/presentation of the short story assigned to you.  As you do the tasks below, also think of questions to ask your peers, including excerpts to read aloud. Your peers should have a thorough understanding of the story by the time you complete your presentation. Expect to answer questions. You may also consider adding some creative activity (other than what is listed below) if you feel so inclined.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

English III--Career Research Essay

Career Research Essay—at least 4 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point Times Roman font, one-inch margins. Must include an additional Works Cited page.

Due May 8, 2017

You will soon be entering another phase of your life, becoming more independent and responsible.  “Real Life” involves important decisions, and one of the most pivotal decisions is the career path you choose.  I want you to reflect on a possible career, investigate and research the issues pertaining to that job, then write an essay in which you put together everything you have learned in an organized fashion.  You must cite any information you provide throughout your paper (parenthetical citations).

Below is a list of points you need to cover in your essay.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Walden--Close Reading Activity

(The Language of Literature, American Literature, McDougal Littell)

Turn to page 381 in the textbook. Read background material to Walden. Consider the literary terms listed below (first look them up and write the definitions). As you read Walden, try to find an example of each term (cite page and beginning of quote). Explain as best you can the effectiveness of Thoreau's use of that rhetorical device. How does his using the particular technique enrich your reading of the text? You will refer to your notes during class discussion.

Keep all notes in your binder. They may be checked at any time for a grade.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Freshman English--Timeline for Research Paper on Tolerance

Scholars: Pay attention to the following due dates. Each part of the assignment is a grade. If you do not have it on the day it is due, you receive a grade of zero. Plan ahead. A good technique is to suppose in your head that the actual due date is two days prior to what I have posted below. In this way, you will be prepared for unforeseen problems--printing, etc. Always be organized. Do not procrastinate. Chunk the work. Do a little bit each day. Create a list for yourself as to what you should do each day in order to meet the deadlines.

Freshman English--Important Links for Tolerance Research Paper, Due May 2nd

Ms. Rohrbach's Tolerance Research Paper Website:

Freshman English--Sample Opening Paragraph for Research Paper on Tolerance Followed by Thoughts During the Writing Process and Ideas for Body of the Essay

Love and Peace, David Burliuk (1914)
Scholars: Below is a sample opening paragraph for a research paper that focuses on religious intolerance. Read the paragraph and then read about how I developed my ideas.

Freshman English--Research Paper (Synthesis Essay) on Tolerance, Due May 2nd

The Song of Love, Rene Magritte (1948)

A central theme of this course is Tolerance.  Whenever we read and discuss something in class, you should keep this theme in mind.  Ask yourself:  How can I relate the ideas in this text or discussion to the theme of Tolerance?  Write down key quotes and ideas throughout the semester.  Cite page numbers where you find your information.  In your notes, write a large "T" in the margin next to the "Tolerance" ideas. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

AP English--Reasons for the Decline of Puritanism in the Colonies

A Rainy Day in Boston, Childe Hassam (1885)

Handwrite these notes and place in your binder.

1. The Salem Witch Trials caused a lack of confidence in Puritan authority.

2. Younger generations of very religious people often tend to be not as strictly religious as their parents.

3. There were opportunities for westward expansion and new land.  The Puritans began to spread out. The Puritan communities became less cohesive or “tight.”

English III and AP English--Notes on Puritans

Blue Bay and Dunes, Milton Avery (1961)

Handwrite the following notes into your 3-ring binder.  You may abridge (shorten) some of the longer notes, as long as the meaning is clear.

Key Terms and Dates

1. total depravity--the Puritan/Pilgrim belief that from the moment of birth, human beings are filthy, disgusting, and evil.  

2. grace--the one shining light in Puritan theology: God, for reasons unknown to humans, may decide to forgive or demonstrate an act of goodness.

English III and AP English--"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" Assignment

Text: The Language of Literature by McDougal Littell (153)


This sermon is the most famous in Puritan literature, preached by Jonathan Edwards in Enfield, Connecticut on July 8, 1741, during the Great Awakening, a religious revival that lasted from 1734-1750. You may also have heard of George Whitefield, another famous preacher from that time period.

English III and AP English--Positive Legacy of Puritans

Provincetown Dunes, Charles Demuth (1914)

Handwrite these notes and place in your binder.

1. They were a people who valued education strongly.  Puritans established the first public high school in America--Boston Latin School.  They also thought that it was very important that both boys and girls receive an education, although the extent of the different sexes' education varied.  Puritans established the first Ivy League colleges in America.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Freshman English--Vocabulary List Three

Creation, Diego Rivera (1922-1923)
Due February 28, 2017

Directions: Copy the vocabulary words. Most of them have been taken from your textbook; some words/terms are not typical vocabulary words (for example, names of places or allusions to famous things); nevertheless, you should know them. Look up the definitions and parts of speech of each word. Write both in your notebook. (You must handwrite this assignment; not type, or cut and paste). For each of the words, find an excellent context sentence by googling the Internet (always cite your source within parentheses after the sentence--the name of the website). In addition, create an excellent context sentence of your own. Please clearly label the "googled" sentence and your "own" sentence: "I" for Internet sentence; "My" for the sentence that you create. Also highlight the vocabulary word in each sentence. All of this work should be written on loose-leaf paper in your notebook, so that it can be turned in for a grade.

English III--Vocabulary List Three

Inquisition Scene, Francisco Goya (1812-1819)
Due February 28, 2017

Directions: Copy the vocabulary words. Most of them have been taken from your textbook; some words/terms may not be typical vocabulary words (for example, names of places or allusions to famous things); nevertheless, you should know them. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

English III--"Of Plymouth Plantation" Activity/Notes


As you read "Of Plymouth Plantation" (81) in the yellow textbook (the one with the lady on the front cover), I want you to take notes and cite text as much as possible for the following:

Thursday, February 2, 2017

English III--Native American Essay, Sample Introductory Paragraph

Jones 1
Suzie Jones                                                                                     
Professor Mulhern
English III, Period Three
6 February 2017
Essay on Native American Literature